Single Mother takes on Police Brutality, and Street Violence-Now Prepares for A Historic Senatorial Office Run

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Posted on October 4, 2013 Updated on October 4, 2013

The Power of Pain

An Inspiring story of a single mother whose son was shot to death in the streets by Police, she battled and overcome great obstacles when trying to avenge he son. Now Denika Chatman is preparing for a Historical congressional run.

BY GREGG GREER EDITOR, ONE WORLD01 PRESS

SAN FRANSICO, CA. —It’s been two years since Kenneth Harding Jr. was gunned down in the Bay Area streets by San Francisco Police for allegedly failing to pay a $2.00 transit fare. Police later claimed that Kenneth Harding Jr., 19, allegedly shot himself to death during an exchange of gunfire with police as he ran away from two officers who attempted to arrest him for alleged fare avoidance.

The case of Denika Chatman, a California single mother of three, who has been in the center of A World Wind Landmark Police Brutality/Wrongful Death Civil Case against the San Francisco City Police.

July 16, 2011. Nineteen year old Kenneth Harding Jr. was brutally gunned down and murdered. While he was riding on the local T-train on Third Street, in an area where there is constant police observation and control.

While on Third Street and Palou, Police walked straight to Kenneth and asked for proof of ticket purchase. When Kenneth could not supply a ticket, the police removed him from the train. At that time, Kenneth broke away and began to run with his hands up and also while holding his cell phone. According to the bystander, reports Police Officers Lopez and Hastings then pursued him and gunned him down from two separate directions. For thirty, minutes Kenneth laid on the Street while a growing angry crowd mocked Police for not providing immediate medical assistance and going through Harding Pockets while he lay. According to one observer/bystander Mr. Pointer, “He was face down in a prone position, frantically slapping about in his blood like a fish out of water, and no attempt was made to give him any kind of medical help,” Pointer alleged.

Gregg Greer Chair of the Guilty in Innocence Project, and a member of the SCLC stated “The San Francisco Internal Police Investigation seems very one-sided.” The Harding Case deserves a detailed review on account of questionable Police Internal Affairs handling the case, Also Officials did not properly instruct on how it was decided that the Officers were cleared of wrongdoing when it is clear that no medical assistance was offered for Harding. ” Video confirms, for 28 minutes, initially the police effort was geared at using drawn guns to control the crowd-while Harding lay bleeding. ‘This time may have proven critical in saving Harding’s life.

Community Organizing

To preserve Kenneth’s legacy Denika did not waste time founding The Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation, and afterward she began to organize various Community Organizing campaigns as well as the Occupy; one example, was when Chatman issued a call to all “decent people,” in the Bay Area, primarily the local residents and unionists who worked in transit to “Shut Down MUNI which happened on July 16, 2012! Chatman dedicated the effort in honor and remembrance of her son, Kenneth Harding Jr. and for all martyrs of police violence and murder. More than 100 demonstrators interrupted San Francisco Municipal train service for about an hour before peacefully withdrawing to march down Market; also Denika is the Co-Chair of the Guilty in Innocence Project an Organization that fights against unjust or racially biased Death Penalty Cases Nationally. Also, in commemoration of the Death of Kenneth Harding, Jr. also, Denika and her organization has supplied the community with food every Third Sunday Monthly at the very spot where the ground where Kenneth’s blood fell.

Election 2016

Ms Chatman has announced that she will run for State Senatorial Office in 2016 and will not stop until she sweeps away the last racial barrier in the San Francisco Bay Area .If Chatman is elected-it will be due to a repudiation of a historically high and growing level of unpopular civil and economic policies, committed against a minority community. Many Residents have already embraced -Chatmans call for a change in the direction and the tone of San Francisco Bay and the neighboring communities.

While 2016 promises to be historical election-so far, it’s Chatman’s race to lose. In the Solano County, California district that usually gives somewhat higher vote percentages to Republicans compared to the eight other Bay Area counties. Chatman seems likely to give her opponent a serious run for their money. Her supporters, she said, have been enormous in support for her throughout the year, as have the entire community. Currently Denika is preparing for a speaking and public support national campaign to gain “more” momentum.

Meanwhile, Denika has advice for anyone to overcome the weight of life: ‘No matter what people tell you, you can “Choose Life.” and turn your life’s negatives into a positive.” she said

For more information and to get involved, visit the Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation website and Facebook page and donate at WePay.

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